Lafayette, LA – Thanks to generous grants from International Paper’s Lafayette Corrugated Bulk Plant, International Paper Foundation, and Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Children’s Museum of Acadiana (CMA) will debut the “Knowledge Nook” Exhibit at a Grand Opening Event Saturday, May 15, 2021.
The Knowledge Nook is designed to develop literacy skills in pre-school age children while providing an inviting space to practice important skills like taking turns, making a friend, and sitting quietly to read a book. Fundamental concepts are introduced through creative interaction with letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
“We are especially honored to have received generous grants from two Foundations whose missions emphasize literacy,” said Carol McManus, the CMA’s Executive Director. “With International Paper’s focus on community and Dollar General’s belief that everyone deserves to receive a basic education, this collaboration to create the “Knowledge Nook” Exhibit will enhance young children’s school readiness and improve the quality of life for all Acadiana residents. “Research shows 34% of children entering kindergarten in the U.S. lack basic skills needed to learn to read,” shared Lore Linton, the CMA’s Director of Guest Services, “So we are excited to give young children a place to explore literacy concepts.” This initiative meets a critical community need because early literacy correlates directly with high school drop-out rates.
May 15th’s schedule of events includes: 9:45 am Ribbon Cutting Ceremony; 10:30 am Author reading and activity with Taylor Curry (Rise and Shine, Sweet Child); 12:30 pm Book Reading & Pop-up with Bonne Vie Macarons (Puppy Dog Pals, Puppies go to Paris); and 3:30 pm Author reading and activity with Diana Cash Lennon (Why do airplanes have tails?). Learn more at http://www.cmalaf.org/knowledge-nook or join the festivities by purchasing admission tickets at http://www.cmalaf.org.
The International Paper Foundation is one of the ways International Paper strives to reach its vision to be among the most successful, sustainable, and responsible companies in the world. Started in 1952, the foundation annually provides millions in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to address critical needs in the communities where its employees live and work. Funding priority is given to programs related to its signature causes: education, hunger, health & wellness, disaster relief, and initiatives that improve the planet. For more information, visit ipgiving.com.
“At International Paper, we believe our company cannot succeed if our communities do not succeed,” said Scott Sauer, Communications Manager. “We are proud to support the Children’s Museum of Acadiana as they strive to make an impact on education in Acadiana because children’s literacy correlates directly with future success.”
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $186 million in grants to literacy organizations that have helped more than 12 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency, or learn English. It believes that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to receive a basic education.
About the Children’s Museum of Acadiana: With the mission “Learning by Doing,” the Children’s Museum of Acadiana is a private, non-profit corporation that serves over 44,500 children and caregivers annually. It exists to foster a creative environment through “hands-on” exhibits and programs. Children who visit the CMA are delighted with a range of activities that stimulate their creativity and provide opportunities to learn while playing. (http://www.cmalaf.org)